Shelby County School Board: ‘New’ Northside gets another look

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Design firm will present new ideas

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday will take another look at the new Northside Early Childhood Center.

During its regular meeting this week at the district offices, at 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville, the board will hear from K. Norman Berry Architects on an updated design of the building that the firm first presented last month. The board has asked for a more traditional look.

The first design for the building, which will be located on College Street on the site of the former Northside Elementary School, did not fit in with the surrounding neighborhood, which includes the historic Shelby County Public Library.

Board member Doug Butler led the request, saying that, after thinking about the first building design, he "didn't like it."

Butler also noted that he'd like to see the new building incorporate any part of the old Northside building that it could, allowing the history of the building to be preserved.

After the presentation, the board will consider approval of the design.

Work session

After being updated on the district's work toward reaching the 2011-12 board goals, the board will now turn its attention to writing new goals for the 2012-13 school year.

The goals align with the district's 5 Main Things – Curriculum Alignment, Instructional Norms, Professional Learning, Intervention and Enrichment.

This year's goals have a heavy focus on the new state standards and college and career readiness. The goals for next year also likely will be built around those same goals, which continue to dominate education discussions across the commonwealth.

Also at the meeting, the board will:

  • Recognize National Merit Scholarship finalists.
  • Consider the approval of the contract employing Superintendent James Neihof.
  • Consider the approval of the second reading of revised SCPS board policies.
  • Consider approval of the intent to apply for ING Unsung Heroes Grant (Southside Elementary) and Bemis Grant for funding the Project Lead The Way programs at Collins and Shelby County high schools.
  • Consider approval of the amended 2011-12 school calendar.